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Register Now for American Express Small Business Saturday

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American Express Small Business Saturday is back the Saturday after Thanksgiving–November 29, 2014. You can register your American Express cards now.

This year, you can get up to three $10 statement credits per American Express card. Since I have five American Express cards, I could get $150 in statement credits.

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  • How can you register for Small Business Saturday?
  • How do the statement credits work?
  • What counts as a small business?

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$10 Credit for New and Existing Uber Users

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Uber is my favorite way to get around. I no longer call or flag down taxis. On a recent trip to San Francisco and Los Angeles, I didn’t rent a car, using Uber to get around instead.

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Uber is the world’s best taxi service because it has clean, courteous drivers and the easiest ride-ordering app imaginable. Tap, tap, tap, and a car whose progress you can track towards you is on its way.

American Express is currently running a promotion with Uber during which new and existing Uber customers can get a $10 American Express statement credit. Sync an American Express card to Twitter and use it to pay for an Uber ride in 2014 to get the $10 credit.

This $10 credit for new or existing users is in addition to the massive $30 in free credit to new users who sign up through a referral link. (Sign up with mine and I’ll also get one free ride up to $30. Leave your referral link in the comments if you’d like.)

Here’s how to get the $10 credit:

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I’m Missing Out on $150 This Small Business Saturday

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American Express Small Business Saturday is back the Saturday after Thanksgiving–November 29, 2014.

This year, you can get up to three $10 statement credits per American Express card. Since I have five American Express cards, I could get $150 in statement credits, but I’ll be out of the country. Don’t miss out on your free $150.

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  • When can you register for Small Business Saturday?
  • How do the statement credits work?
  • What counts as a small business?

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American Express and Discover Have Highest Customer Satisfaction

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The J.D. Power 2014 U.S. Credit Card Satisfaction Study concludes that American Express and Discover have the highest customer satisfaction of any credit card issuers.

The study measures customer satisfaction with credit card issuers by examining six factors:

  • interaction
  • credit card terms
  • billing and payment
  • rewards
  • benefits and services
  • problem resolution

American Express has been #1 for all eight years of the study, and this year for the first time, it was tied for the top spot with Discover.

Interestingly, overall satisfaction with credit cards is at a record-high, surpassing last year’s record high. “Much of the bump is likely due to issuers piling on rewards, hoping to stand out from competitors, says Jim Miller, senior director of banking services at J.D. Power.”

The study has some very interesting nuggets for those of us who primarily use credit cards to earn miles and points.

  • What are my favorite findings of the study?
  • What is my ranking of issuing banks?

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JetBlue Cross-Country Suites for 26,250 Points until Tomorrow

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Two amazing JetBlue promotions are stackable today and tomorrow that allow you to fly JetBlue Mint Class, the best Business Class Suite in the United States for only 26,250 points Membership Rewards.

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Enclosed Suite, Live TV, Free WiFi

  • What are the two stackable promotions?
  • How good of a deal is this?
  • How can you ensure that you get an enclosed suite (not all Mint seats are)?

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This is Your Last Chance to Get Some Mega Bonuses from American Express

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This is your last chance to get repeat bonuses on your favorite American Express personal cards.

Currently you can get the sign up bonus on an American Express personal card every 12 months. So if you got the bonus on, say, the SPG card in February 2013, you can get it again today.

Starting May 1, you will not be able to get a sign up bonus on an American Express personal card if you have ever gotten that bonus in the past. (American Express Business Cards will still follow the 12 month rule for now.)

In fact, language has already been added to American Express personal card applications that “This offer is also not available to applicants who have or have had this product.”

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But, according to American Express chat reps, that language has been added in advance of the May 1 change only in case you apply today and your application isn’t approved until after May 1. According to those chat reps, you can still be approved for an American Express personal card until May 1 and get its bonus even if you got it in the past.

I am planning to apply today for a few American Express personal cards, which I have previously opened. I figure that applying now gives me the maximum chance to approved before May 1 if I am not approved instantly.

Leave your experiences in the comments.

The Business Platinum from American Express Increases Its Sign Up Bonus to 40k Points after Spending $5k in 3 Months

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The Business Platinum Card® from American Express OPEN is now offering a sign up bonus of 40,000 Membership Rewards after spending $5,000 on the card in the first three months of card membership.

Plus The Business Platinum Card® from American Express OPEN has the best perks of any rewards card like:

  • Up to $200 per calendar year in statement credits to offset airline fees.
  • Free Delta SkyClub lounge access and a free Priority Pass Select membership, which I use frequently when traveling economy class to get free lounge access.
  • A $100 statement credit to offset the cost of a Global Entry application. Global Entry has saved me at least four hours of my life, not waiting in immigration lines upon returning to the United States, and will save me even more in the next two years, so this is an incredible benefit.
  • Free Starwood Preferred Guest Gold Status. I’m earning more points on my SPG stays while getting free internet and late checkout, the two benefits of status that I most enjoy.

Furthermore the 40,000 bonus Membership Rewards now puts the card among the highest sign up bonuses for business cards. Membership Rewards are one of my favorite types of flexible points because the program has 21 airline and hotel partners.

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And the card is automatically enrolled in the OPEN Savings Benefit, which offers you discounts or bonus Membership Rewards for using your American Express business card at various, generally business-related, merchants.

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The bottom line on this card is that it’s so good that I got it with only a 25k point sign up bonus, and now that sign up bonus has jumped to 40k points. (Here’s my experience with the Business Platinum Card.)

Why did I get The Business Platinum Card® from American Express OPEN? How can you make the most out of the Business Platinum Card? What types of people will get the most value from the card? Who shouldn’t get the Business Platinum Card?

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Top Ten Credit Card Offers for Travel, March 2014

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Whether you’re looking for free luxury hotel stays, first class flights, flights home to see family, or big rewards on gas or groceries, there are some fantastic credit card bonuses out there.

I’m writing this post from Raleigh, North Carolina near the end of a six-week world tour that would have been completely impossible without miles and points earned from credit cards.

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My trip is taking advantage of American Airlines miles, Starpoints, Ultimate Rewards, Lufthansa miles, and Arrival miles, all of which I got from credit cards.

How can you earn rewards for the trip of your dreams? What are the best credit card offers for March 2014?

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How the Amazon Prime Benefit on the Blue Cash Preferred Card Works

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I really like the Blue Cash Preferred® Card from American Express quite a bit as a rewards card.

The card offers an unbeatable 6% cash back in the form of statement credits on your first $6,000 annually at grocery stores (then 1% back). And it offers 3% back at US gas stations and select US department stores.

To me it is an ideal card for families who want to take domestic vacations.

Instead of earning airline miles from an airline card and then having to hunt for award space, you can earn cash back in the form of statement credits on the Blue Cash Preferred® Card from American Express and put that in a piggy bank for your next vacation.

Last year, the Blue Cash Preferred® added an Amazon Prime benefit. Since I don’t have the card yet, I don’t have first hand experience with the benefit, and I couldn’t fully understand how the benefit was implemented. I’ve now gotten some more information on the benefit from American Express:

You can receive a statement credit of $99 plus applicable taxes for the initial annual membership fee of a new Amazon Prime membership if, during your first three months of Card Membership, you:

As an Amazon Prime member, you get: unlimited FREE Two-Day Shipping on millions of items, instant streaming of thousands of movies and TV shows, and one Kindle book to borrow for free each month.

  • Offer only available for new Amazon Prime memberships
  • Amazon Student, Amazon Mom, and other promotional or discounted Prime memberships are not eligible for this offer.
  • Any trial membership must be upgraded to a paid membership for you to be eligible to receive the statement credit.
  • Terms and Restrictions Apply.

For reference, the full offer on the Blue Cash Preferred® Card from American Express is:

  • Get 100 Reward Dollars, redeemable for a $100 statement credit, after you make $1,000 in purchases with your new Card in the first three months.
  • Plus, get one year of Amazon Prime after you sign up for a new membership with your Card and meet the spending requirement in the same time period.
  • As an Amazon Prime member, you get unlimited FREE Two-Day Shipping on millions of items.
  • Earn Cash Back: 6% US supermarkets up to $6,000 per year in purchases, 3% US gas stations & select US dept stores, 1% other purchases. Terms and limitations apply.
  • Cash back is received in the form of Reward Dollars that can be redeemed as a statement credit.
  • 0% intro APR on purchases and balance transfers for 15 months, then a variable rate, currently 12.99% to 21.99%, based on your creditworthiness and other factors.
  • Terms and Restrictions Apply.

The Blue Cash Preferred® Card from American Express has a $75 annual fee.

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Platinum Card Bonus Now 40k Points After Spending $3k in Three Months

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The Platinum Card® from American Express is now offering a sign up bonus of 40,000 Membership Rewards after spending $3,000 on the card in the first three months of card membership.

 

Plus the Platinum Card® from American Express has the best perks of any rewards card like:

  • Up to $200 per calendar year in statement credits to offset airline fees.
  • Free Delta SkyClub lounge access and a free Priority Pass Select membership, which I use frequently when traveling economy class to get free lounge access.
  • A $100 statement credit to offset the cost of a Global Entry application. Global Entry has saved me at least four hours of my life, not waiting in immigration lines upon returning to the United States, and will save me even more in the next two years, so this is an incredible benefit.
  • Free Starwood Preferred Guest Gold Status. I’m earning more points on my SPG stays while getting free internet and late checkout, the two benefits of status that I most enjoy.

Furthermore the 40,000 bonus Membership Rewards now puts the card among the highest sign up bonuses. Membership Rewards are one of my favorite types of flexible points because the program has 21 airline and hotel partners.

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While I absolutely love the Platinum Card® from American Express, it has two weaknesses:

  • $450 annual fee
  • Earns one point per dollar on all purchases (no category bonuses)

Why did I get the American Express Platinum Card? How can you make the most out of the Platinum Card? What types of people will get the most value from the card? Who shouldn’t get the Platinum card?

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Which is the Best American Express Business Card for You?

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More People Are Seeing the Targeted 50k Mile Premier Rewards Gold Offer Through CARDMATCH

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Three weeks ago, I wrote How to See if You’re Targeted for the 50k Bonus Point Sign Up on the Premier Rewards Gold Card through CARDMATCH.

The targeted sign up bonus is an extremely exciting offer because it adds a headline figure of a 50,000 point sign up bonus to the Premier Rewards Gold Card, which always has one of the best earning structures of any card:

  • 3X points for flights booked with airlines
  • 2X points at US gas stations and US supermarkets
  • 1X points on other purchases
  • 15,000 bonus Membership Rewards in any calendar year in which you spend $30k on the card

But most folks told me that they weren’t being targeted for the card when they entered their info at CARDMATCH.

That seems to be changing. More people have been emailing me to report that they were targeted at CARDMATCH lately for the 50,000 bonus point offer on the Premier Rewards Gold Card. So if you wanted the 50k point offer three weeks ago and weren’t offered it, it may be worth typing your info into CARDMATCH again. (No guarantees of course.)

Key Links

  • CARDMATCH to see if you are targeted for the Premier Rewards Gold Card with 50k bonus Membership Rewards after spending $1k in three months
  • American Express® Premier Rewards Gold Card with 25,000 bonus Membership Rewards after spending $2k in the first three months of card membership in case you aren’t targeted

Keep reading for full details on the CARDMATCH offer and more info on how to see if you are targeted for it.

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Blue Cash Preferred Now Comes with One Year of Amazon Prime for New Card Holders

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The Blue Cash Preferred® Card from American Express increased its sign up bonus recently by now offering Amazon Prime for one year to new card members who meet the minimum spending requirement of $1,000 in the first three months.

The year of Amazon Prime is in addition to the normal benefits of the card:

  • 6% Cash Back at US supermarkets up to $6,000 per year in purchases
  • 3% Cash Back at US gas stations
  • 3% Cash Back at select US dept stores
  • 1% Cash Back on other purchases
  • 100 Reward Dollars, redeemable for a $100 statement credit, after you make $1,000 in purchases with your new Card in the first three months

Amazon Prime is a $79-per-year service that has three major benefits:

  1. Free two-day shipping from amazon.com on millions of items with no minimum order size.
  2. Unlimited streaming of thousands of movies and TV shows with Prime Instant Video (a Netflix competitor)
  3. The ability to borrow a Kindle book for free each month

If your family spends a lot at grocery stores and gas stations, this card offers incredible rewards. Cash–not frequent flyer miles–is often the most efficient way to book domestic economy flights for the whole family, so the Blue Cash Preferred® Card from American Express is a really great family travel card.

Compare the Blue Cash Preferred® Card from American Express to fixed value cards in my Comparison Table of Fixed-Value Bank-Point Cards.

Full offer details:

  • Get 100 Reward Dollars, redeemable for a $100 statement credit, after you make $1,000 in purchases with your new Card in the first three months.
  • Plus, get one year of Amazon Prime after you sign up for a new membership with your Card and meet the spending requirement in the same time period.
  • As an Amazon Prime member, you get unlimited FREE Two-Day Shipping on millions of items.
  • Earn Cash Back: 6% US supermarkets up to $6,000 per year in purchases, 3% US gas stations & select US dept stores, 1% other purchases. Terms and limitations apply.
  • Cash back is received in the form of Reward Dollars that can be redeemed as a statement credit.
  • 0% intro APR on purchases and balance transfers for 15 months, then a variable rate, currently 12.99% to 21.99%, based on your creditworthiness and other factors.
  • Terms and Restrictions Apply.

Application Link: Blue Cash Preferred® Card from American Express

Get Your Own Referral Link for the Starwood Preferred Guest Cards to Earn Up to 55k Starpoints

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You can earn up to 55,000 Starpoints referring your friends to open the Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express and the Starwood Preferred Guest® Business Credit Card from American Express, two of my favorite cards.

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I got both of the cards for myself in September because Starpoints are the single most valuable mile or point on the planet.

With my 70,000 Starpoints earned so far on the cards, I plan to do a Nights & Flights award, which would be five nights at an awesome hotel plus 50k airline miles with the airline of my choice.

For more info on Starpoints and more reasons why the Starwood cards are two of my favorite cards, see Starwood Preferred Guest Primer and Three Great Uses for the Starpoints.

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My Experience with the Business Platinum Card from American Express

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The undisputed kings of credit card benefits are the American Express Platinum Cards, which come with airport lounge access, airline fee reimbursement, Global Entry reimbursement, hotel status, and a Platinum concierge.

All Platinum cards have access to these benefits, whether they are personal or business Platinum cards.

I recently got The Business Platinum Card® from American Express OPEN. The card has a $450 annual fee. I got it because the card member benefits far exceed $450.

 

After getting the card, I did something I do embarrassingly often, I consulted a MileValue post to refresh my memory. Specifically I read Get the Most Out of Your American Express Platinum Card to remind myself of all of the card’s benefits and how to activate them.

How did I activate my airport lounge access, airline fee credits, hotel elite status, and how long did activation take? This information is useful whether you have or plan to get a personal or business Platinum card.

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